March 18, 2008 / 2:56 PM / 10 years ago

Ottawa lays charges against CN Rail for oil spill

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Ottawa has laid three charges against Canadian National Railway Co stemming from an investigation into an oil spill into a lake near Edmonton, Alberta in 2005, the government said on Tuesday.

<p>Rail cars at the CN MacMillan Yard in Toronto February 10, 2007. REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski</p>

Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada said they have charged CN, Canada’s biggest railway, with one count of allegedly depositing a substance harmful to migratory birds into Wabamun Lake, and two counts for the alleged disruption or destruction of a fish habitat.

The charges stem from an investigation into the derailment of a CN train at the popular fishing and boating destination west of Edmonton on August 3, 2005 and the release of hundreds of thousands of liters of fuel oil into the water.

A first court appearance has been set for Wednesday in Edmonton’s provincial court.

Reporting by Nicole Mordant; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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